Mayor: ‘We will not bow to gangs’

THE people of Limerick will not bow down to the “savagery” of criminal gangs, the city’s mayor said following the latest death threat against the family of an innocent businessman man shot dead this month.

Gardaí last night confirmed a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a complaint of a death threat against the younger brother of Roy Collins, who was murdered on April 9.

Gardaí are investigating a complaint that Steve Collins was threatened on Tuesday while driving in the city’s Childer’s Road area.

Mr Collins was sitting in traffic when another car pulled up alongside him and one of the two occupants made hand gestures indicating he would be shot.

It’s understood the key suspect for the threat is a young associate of the McCarthy-Dundon gang aged in his early 20s.

Mayor John Gilligan said the latest threat against the Collins family is a “sickening development”.

“I am disgusted by what’s happened. This is a sickening development that took place just two weeks after the entire city came together in absolute disgust at what happened to Roy Collins,” said Mr Gilligan.

“These people are very good at sending out messages. But we in Limerick city want to send a message straight back to them that they will not succeed. We will never bow to this kind of savagery,” he added.

In 2005, Steve Collins Snr gave evidence in a case against Wayne Dundon, who was subsequently convicted of threatening to kill his nephew Ryan Lee in Brannigan’s Bar. The bar worker, who had earlier refused to allow Dundon’s 14-year-old sister into the bar, was shot in the leg by a gunman wearing a motorcycle helmet 30 minutes after the threats were issued.

Nobody has ever been charged with the shooting, but Wayne Dundon was jailed for seven years for threatening to kill Mr Lee.

A public peace march to show solidarity with the Collins family and other victims of criminal gangs in Limerick is being planned for next month.


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